Using Bit Strips to Respond to Literature

IvanOver the last several weeks our whole school has  been reading  The One and Only Ivan  by  Katherine Applegate.  The story is so  unique because it is written from the perspective of Ivan, a gorilla who was kept in captivity for several years.  Based on a real life  situation, the novel really brings the reader to re-think how we use animals for entertainment.  My class had strong responses to the novel, leading to great class discussions. We then used bitstrips to respond to the story by choosing a scene and creating a scene with a beginning, middle and end.  Below are just a couple of examples of their interpretations of some of the story scenes. Enjoy!  Feedback welcome.

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